Dedication of Sculpture Mildred by John Durbrow
The public is invited to attend the dedication of the sculpture Mildred by John Durbrow. The sculpture, created in honor of the life of Mildred Fish Harnack, will be held on Friday, July 12, 2019 at 1:30 p.m. in Marshall Park, 2101 Allen Blvd. in Madison.
An academic delegation of representatives from eight German universities, who are visiting Wisconsin that week and in Madison that day, will also attend the ceremony. A similar sculpture is planned for the campus of the University of Giessen, where Mildred completed a PhD in Literature.
Mildred Fish Harnack is celebrated today as a hero of resistance to the Nazi regime in Germany. She was born in Milwaukee in 1902 and attended the University of Wisconsin in Madison, where she met and married Arvid Harnack from Germany. They returned to Germany, attended the University in Giessen, and moved to Berlin, where they became involved in a resistance movement that supplied information about German economic and military activities to the U.S. and the U.S.S.R. The group was discovered and arrested in September of 1942, and Arvid was executed in December. Mildred was tried and initially sentenced to prison, but Hitler ordered a new trial and a new sentence, and she was executed by guillotine on February 16, 1943. Her last words were reported to be “Ich habe Deutschland auch so geliebt” (“I have also loved Germany so much”).
In the Artist’s statement explaining what motivated him to create a sculpture in Mildred Fish Harnack’s name, Durbrow wrote:
Mayor Satya Rhodes Conway and the Madison Arts Commission invite the public to attend and celebrate the life and values of this great Wisconsin woman.
- Karin Wolf, Madison Arts Program Administrator, 608.261.9134, email@example.com